Visa

If you are reading this, you are considering booking or have already booked your ticket to visit Athens Greece. We hope so. The following information is provided to give you some general visa guidelines. It is always best to consult your travel agent and/or local Greek embassy or consulate before travelling. If you do require a visa to travel to Greece, we recommend that you plan ahead.

The following do not require a visa to enter Greece: Citizens of the Schengen Area member states. Greece follows the Schengen Agreement and provisions for short-term visits. The Agreement abolished controls at the common internal land, air and sea borders and allows for movement by nationals of its member states without a visa for short-term stays of up to three (3) months. Airlines or other carriers, however, require a valid passport and or official national I.D. card or piece of identification issued by a public authority. The Schengen Area member states are:

Austria
Belgium
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Portugal
Spain
Sweden, plus associated countries: Iceland and Norway

Citizens of the following EU and other European non-Schengen countries do not need a visa to enter Greece but they do need to provide a valid passport and/or official national I.D. card at the border and to airline or other carriers:

Bulgaria
Estonia
United Kingdom
Ireland
Cyprus
Latvia
Lithuania
Malta
Hungary
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Czech Republic

No visa is required for holders of regular valid passports of the following non-EU countries who wish to visit Greece and stay up to 3 months (90 days) within a six (6) month period:

Andorra
Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Croatia
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Israel
Japan
Malaysia
Mexico
Monaco
New Zealand
The Holy See (Vatican)
Νicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
San Marino
Singapore
South Korea
USA
Uruguay
Venezuela

NOTE: When travelling to Greece on a tourist visa, visitors are required to have travel insurance that covers cases of medical or other emergencies for the duration of their stay.

Arrivals & Departures

By air
The new award-winning Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, has been serving Greece’s capital since its opening to the public on March 28th, 2001. Its stellar design has -according to surveys- made it one of the world’s leading airports in overall passenger satisfaction for the last four years and Europe’s fastest growing airport. At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of departure. You can also take advantage of private jet charters and enjoy a more comfortable trip. Go to Wijet to get a feel of the costs associated with this service.

Located 33 km (20 miles) southeast of Athens, it is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a major highway constituting the Athens City Ring Road. Public transport to Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by the new metro, express airport bus connections, taxi and high-speed rail.
Arrivals/Departures: +302103530000
General Information: +302103531000
Website: www.aia.gr

By road
Athens can be reached by road via Western Balkan countries, Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey.

By sea
There are daily ferryboat connections from Italy (Ancona, Bari and Brindisi, Venice and Trieste) to Patras the second largest port of entry to Greece; approximately 220 km (135 miles) from Athens. The Middle East is accessible via the port of Volos.

By train
The main railway network of Greece currently provides links between Athens and Northern and Southern Greece and the rest of Europe through the Western Balkan countries and Bulgaria.

Customs

According to European Regulations, all travelers entering or leaving the European Union with more than €10.000, in cash, must declare the amount to Customs.

Customs controls at Greek points of entry distinguish between goods bought within the EU and outside the EU. When traveling to Athens in Greece from outside the EU you are allowed to bring in the following, provided you travel with the items and do not intend to sell them:

200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
2 liters of still table wine
1 liter of spirits or strong liqueurs over 22% volume or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs
60ml of perfume
250ml of tap water

Airport

The new award winning Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” has radically changed the image of Athens Greece. Inaugurated on March 28th 2001, “Eleftherios Venizelos” quickly developed into the largest and most important hub of Southeastern Europe. Having gained a number of key international awards and the trust of both travelers and airlines, Athens International Airport is regarded as one of the safest airports in the world.

Besides the quantitative and qualitative services anyone expects from a big international airport, “Eleftherios Venizelos” has demonstrated a strong engagement in contemporary cultural life, organizing important cultural events – mainly exhibitions – and in eco living with the application of many green practices in a variety of fields.

Athens Airport Access
You can access Athens International Airport (AIA) from the center of Athens or the Athens Ports via public transport that operates on a 24-hour basis, ensuring efficient transportation to key areas of the Attica basin and tourist attractions. The main access road to Athens International Airport (AIA) is Attiki Odos. For further information on junctions please visit Attiki Odos.

Athens Airport Bus Services
Six bus routes directly connect the greater Athens area and Piraeus with Athens International airport. Disembarkment from all buses takes place at the Departures Level and embarkment at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. For further information, please visit the OASA website.

Regional Buses – KTEL Express Service Five
Regional buses operate at the airport. Disembarkment from all buses takes place at the Departures Level and embarkment at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite to the Airport Hotel. For further information, please visit KTEL’s site.

Metro
The airport is accessible via Metro Line 3 “Egaleo – Athens International Airport”. For further information, please visit the Athens Metro website.

Suburban Rail
Athens International Airport is connected to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and the port of Piraeus via the Suburban Rail service. AIA is also connected to Corinth, via the Suburban Rail service. The duration of the trip is 1 hour and 20 minutes. For further information regarding timetables, please visit the Suburban Rail website or call +302105272000.

Taxi and Pre-booked Taxis
Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level. According to Greek Legislation, taxi drivers should provide upon request a receipt for the amount paid for transportation services.

Parking
Athens International Airport provides 7,160 short and long-term parking lots. All parking facilities are equipped with automated payment machines for easy and quick payment, while electronic message screens provide continuous information on availability of vacant parking spaces.